Last night, on The National (CBC TV), Paul Hunter, a CBC journalist, described how his body felt the blast of a missile on a nearby apartment building in Gaza. Reverberations. Shaking. In this clip (here), he describes the “thump, thump, thump” of strikes and the “booms”. He describes “anguish” as experienced by the “village” of people gathering at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza. Where to go, away from the thump? Thump. THUMP.
From an inspiring song, I hear the words of Xavier Rudd, “What does your heart say?” (from Follow the Sun, here) Is it yet beating? Artists, Nobel laureates, and public intellectuals, internationally, are expressing what their hearts are feeling. See this article in The Guardian on 18 July 2014 (here) in which they observe, “Israel’s ability to launch such devastating attacks with impunity largely stems from the vast international military cooperation and trade that it maintains with complicit governments across the world. Over the period 2008-19, the US is set to provide military aid to Israel worth $30bn, while Israeli annual military exports to the world have reached billions of dollars.”
More info – 8 crucial points (including how international law relates to the conflict) are here. Here are the numbers as of this morning (here). Here are some insights when engaging in discussion (here). Here are tips for reading the news with a critical/thoughtful eye (here). Here’s info for locating your Member of Parliament for engaging him or her in dialogue (here).
Watch this page for Uri Avnery’s comments as a long-time Israeli peace activist, here.
If you are in Edmonton on 25 July 2014, consider sharing what your heart says at this International Day of al-Quds’ Rally for Palestine (here); Al-Quds is also known as Jerusalem. This brings to mind an association with the phrase, ‘Jerusalem in my heart,’ with the Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish (more here and here).
Hmmm, yes. Thump. Thump, thump, thump…beating, go our hearts…